With only 2 days to go until the live-action film on my favourite childhood Disney princess, Cinderella, debuts in theatres worldwide, there are more exciting news for us Disney fans! I’d really wanted to post this a month ago but better late than never, I suppose!
Firstly, Frozen fans will be treated to a 7-minute long featurette called Frozen Fever before the feature film, Cinderella. However, unlike the Tangled sequel, Tangled Ever After, there will be no wedding taking place (cue sigh of disappointment), but rather a birthday party for Anna, which takes place a few months after Frozen. (But we were really hoping for a wedding between Anna and Kristoff! Ah well, at least we were given a wedding in ABC’s Once Upon a Time last month, so I suppose we cannot complain.)
From the sneak peek picture, we can see that Elsa has a new floral spring-version of her ice queen gown, an emerald ombre fitted gown trimmed with what looks like pink water lilies. Anna’s new frock, on the other hand, is not as dazzling as her sister’s. The first thing I thought of was, ‘This looks like a princess Brownies dress.’ It’s a summer combination of three dresses she’d worn in Frozen: the coronation ball gown, the seeking Elsa dress, and the ‘plain’ finale dress. The embroidered sunflowers certainly suit Anna, but I am not particularly fond of the sleeveless bolero over the short-sleeved top.
What do you think of the new dresses?
Beauty and the Beast: The Film
The best news, however, is that there will be another Disney live-action film featuring my second favourite Disney princess, Belle! Many may relate to Belle because of her love for books but for me, it’s the fact that she didn’t feel like she fit in anywhere.
The beauteous and intelligent Emma Watson, perhaps still endearingly remembered as Hermione to many (except for me, the Harry Potter ignorant), has already been cast as the heroine of the new Beauty and the Beast. Who is to be the Beast/Prince? The lucky man is Dan Stevens, also known as the late Matthew Crawley who shattered our hearts – especially Lady Mary’s – in the Downton Abbey 2012 Christmas special. When I first heard the news, I was a wee bit disappointed, as I tried to compare Dan Stevens to the torn portrait of the prince in Beauty and the Beast. (The Prince, I must add, is the most handsome one of all, though Prince Phillip comes close.) Yet when I found some photos of Dan as Sir Lancelot in the latest Night at the Museum film series, I could see the resemblance.
From Watson’s Facebook post, we can already expect this film to be closer to the original animation, with plenty of singing and dancing! We’ll need plenty of patience as filming will begin later this year and will premiere
in 2016 on 17th March 2017.
I trust and hope that the film will remind viewers that Belle was another good role model who was not only considerate but selfless. She was a loving daughter who sacrificed herself so that her father could go free and when he became ill, she left the Beast (with permission) to tend to him. She defends the ones she loves from slander, namely her ‘eccentric’ father and the ‘monstrous’ Beast, and points out their good qualities. There are many other examples in the animation of how Belle thought of others before herself, and I’m sure we will learn more about Belle in the new film.
In the meantime, I am already dreaming of what Belle’s costumes in the new film will look like. I do not know who selects the costume designers but I hope the designer will create something as magical as the blue ball gown Sandy Powell designed for Cinderella or as opulent as the gowns in France’s La Belle et le Bete, which came out last February. I really like the breathtaking drawing of Watson as Belle (see illustration here) that xChasingPavementsx has shared on Reddit. Looking at the dresses that Belle has worn in the two Beauty and the Beast animations, I envision Belle wearing a golden gown (to symbolise that she has a heart of gold) in maybe 1780’s (if I have the correct time period) meets 1950’s (must be able to twirl!). What can I say, I love elbow-length sleeves with ruffles, a fitted waistline, and long swirling skirts! The Enchanted Christmas burgundy gown is my favourite of Belle’s dresses.
One thing I would like to add to the golden ball gown would be roses, like the ones on the coronation gown that Emily Blunt wore in Young Victoria. The roses would remind viewers of the enchanted rose in the animation and the gift of a rose (Beauty asks her father to bring back a rose for her) in the original versions.
Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney Princess movie and I can’t wait to see the live action version! I think Emma Watson is a pretty good choice and Dan Stevens and Luke Evans are making this movie even more interesting (although I was never a huge fan of the Prince after he was the Beast…I know it’s kind of weird 😉 my favorite Prince was always Prince Phillip 😀 )
I love your post and your thoughts on the dress versions 🙂 let’s hope they’re making a perfect and magical movie 😀 xx
I used to watch Beauty & the Beast over and over again in one day! I’m already looking forward to the soundtrack too!
I’m glad you like Prince Phillip as well! Quite dashing. 🙂
Thank you very much for the compliment! I’m certain the costumes will dazzle us and we’ll be singing ‘Be Our Guest’ nonstop once the trailer comes out!
I’m not sure how I feel about Dan Stevens being cast — he seems too old for Emma Watson but maybe that’s because I always think of her as young Hermoine! But either way I know I’ll go see it and probably love it to bits!
You’re right, he does seem too old for Emma but maybe we won’t notice it (or think about it) when the movie comes out. I recently watched ‘La Belle et la Bete’ and the age difference bothered me quite a bit. Otherwise, it was a lovely film.
Hi Lady! I can’t wait at this point, even though I felt similar about how Dan feels older than Emma, but hey, it could work, especially from the pictures you’ve found. 🙂 Yanno, I neve ever recovered from being heartbroken about Matthew Crawley. It is why I can no longer watch the show and know he and Mary aren’t together. AHHH 😥
As for Gaston, interesting and awesome pick in Luke. I liked him from “The Hobbit” trilogy.
I really can’t wait to see this! I love that you brought in image of Emily from “The Young Victoria” (one of my absolute most fave movie by the way!) because her dress does look so similar to Belle’s. I really was disappointed with “La Belle et le Bete” because it felt really slow even though some of the cinematography was just absolutely gorgeous.
p.s. Thank you so very much for adding to your list! ❤
Yes, maybe Dan will appear younger or Emma will appear a little older. Who knows. Or maybe they do want to show that they’re about a decade apart.
Oh you were disappointed with ‘La Belle et la Bete’? I felt that the love story went way too quickly. I liked it so much, however, that I went ahead and bought the HD version online (after accidentally downloading the SD version on iTunes. So essentially, I spent nearly $40 for that movie).
Yea, I was really disappointed with how the story was–slow, but then like you said, the love story was too fast too. I didn’t feel the chemistry, but the cinematography and costume was gorgeous! Aww, you spent $40! Well, the movie makers are happy! 🙂
Oh yes, definitely 0 chemistry, although the ending was romantic. Still, way too old to play the Prince/Beast. I bought the movie for the costumes and the gazillion roses! ❤